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Stanley Stout Center serves as multipurpose facility



Just over a year after opening its doors, Kansas State University’s Stanley Stout Center is proving it’s more than just a livestock marketing facility. In March 2013, the building opened its doors with a dedication ceremony in honor of its namesake, longtime livestock auctioneer and K-State supporter Stanley Stout, who died in 2006.
8/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


Expedited Beef Traceback Measures Aimed to Combat Foodborne Illness



The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has added another layer of food safety screening to the U.S. beef supply chain. A recent announcement by the agency stated that new procedures would mean quicker traceback of ground beef contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7 and removal of that ground beef from the supply chain to prevent foodborne illness.
8/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events



K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
8/20/2014 8:00:00 AM


Agricultural Law Update... Play Audio



Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University goes over several fresh new court rulings of interest to agricultural producers, including a dispute over a change in a farmland leasing arrangement that lead to the former tenant paying a hefty penalty...and another liability case over livestock on a roadway.

8/19/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

8/19/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

8/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


BCI Launches New Animal Care Training Website



If you’ve been to the Animal Care Training website lately, you’ll notice it has a new look.
8/18/2014 8:00:00 AM


K-State Staff and Students Among AAEA Award Winners



Two Kansas State University faculty members and four graduate students in the Department of Agricultural Economics received awards at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) annual meeting, hosted July 26-29, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
8/18/2014 8:00:00 AM


More Than 5,000 Students Later, K-State’s Burton to Give One ‘Last Lecture’



From “Production Economics” to “Rural Banking,” for 30 years Bob Burton has helped shape students’ understanding of economic theory and more. The Kansas State University agricultural economics professor will give one last lecture on Tuesday, Aug. 26 and this time the public is invited.
8/18/2014 8:00:00 AM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market commentary:  she looks ahead to this week's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and talks about the cow-calf producer decision on selling early-weaned calves versus retaining ownership and putting them on feed.

8/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



AGRICULTURE TODAY host Eric Atkinson examines today's news.

8/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


PRE-FRESH COW DIETS Play Audio



There’s some new thinking in diet formulation for feeding dairy cows in the weeks ahead of calving.  The accent is on feeding lower-energy feedstuffs during this period, and this week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk summarizes what new research in this area is saying to dairy producers.
 

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Animal Welfare Practices in the Cattle Industry Play Audio



K-State agricultural economics researcher Melissa McKendree and livestock economist Glynn Tonsor talk about Melissa's study of the differences in beef producer and consumer views on animal welfare practices in the cattle industry, which revealed useful information for the beef cattle sector in addressing future animal welfare issues...they will be presenting their findings at the upcoming K-State Risk and Profit Conference next week.

8/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


History Lesson in Packing Plant Closures



March 2008, Emporia, Kansas—a Tyson beef plant ceased a majority of its beef processing operations. February 2013, Plainview, Texas—Cargill stopped processing beef at one of its facilities. April 2014, Brawley, California—a beef packing plant operated by the National Beef Packing Co. closed its doors. In just the past two weeks, closing announcements of another Cargill packing plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and L&H Packing Co. in San Antonio, Texas, have come to light.
8/12/2014 8:00:00 AM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

8/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


Pasture Lease Trends in North-Central Kansas... Play Audio



K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid talks about a recent survey she and colleagues conducted of pasture lease trends in north-central Kansas, finding out information on rental rates, stocking rates, grazing season variations and other factors...she'll be presenting this information at the upcoming K-State Risk and Profit Conference next week in Manhattan.

8/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


Bovine Temperament: A Feedlot Focus



As a new load of weaned calves enters the feedlot, workers prepare to process the calves upon arrival. Processing would likely include vaccinating these calves to prevent respiratory disease and treating them for parasites, among other regular processing procedures. Many handlers would acknowledge that the calves with more docile, or calm, temperaments are much easier and safer to process.
8/11/2014 8:00:00 AM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

8/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market insight:  he talks about the latest outlook on cow-calf profitability, and comments on the Russia ban of agricultural imports from the U.S., and if that has any significant implications for the cattle market...also, K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor weighs in on that Russia issue.

8/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


MANAGING FRESHENING COWS Play Audio



Many dairy producers first think of nutrition as the key component of their transition cow management program.  However, research out of the University of Wisconsin suggests that other factors are just as important, if not more so.  This week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk remarks on those findings, as guidelines for managing freshening cows.

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.
 

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


Beef Packing Plants Continue To Close... Play Audio



K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor provides remarks on the recent closing of two more beef packing plants, on the heels of other plant closures over the past year:  why those closures are occurring, and what the trend means, long-term, for the cattle production sector.

8/6/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

8/6/2014 7:00:00 PM


Anaplasmosis Still Rising In Beef Cattle Herds... Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek reports that more cases of anaplasmosis are turning up in Kansas cattle herds this summer...he reviews the nature of the disease and why managing against it is so complicated, and goes over the treatment alternatives.

8/6/2014 7:00:00 PM


Prescribed Burning At Alternate Times (Part 2)... Play Audio



More from researchers Gene Towne and Joe Craine, about their 20-year study of prescribed pasture burning in the tallgrass prairie.  In this segment, the two discuss smoke concentration, and a look ahead to further research.

8/5/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Law Update... Play Audio



Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University sizes up the latest court decision on the legal challenge against the USDA's country-of-origin labeling requirement for meat products...he contends that the ruling still lacks for legal clarity, and that the issue itself sets a negative tone for government's role in regulating commerce.

8/5/2014 7:00:00 PM


Prescribed Burning At Alternate Times... Play Audio



From K-State's division of biology, researchers Gene Towne and Joe Craine outline the findings of their 20-year study of prescribed pasture burning in the tallgrass prairie, comparing the traditional April burning to burning in the mid-fall or late winter...the results suggest that burning at these alternate times has no negative effect on grass productivity.

8/5/2014 7:00:00 PM


Insights on the Cattle Markets Play Audio



K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor provides this week's insight on the grain markets:  in addition to analyzing last week's price trends, he passes along his latest projections on cattle feeding profitability, and goes over his latest beef demand index numbers, which bode extremely well for the cattle production sector.

8/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


MILKING FREQUENCY STUDY Play Audio



Previous research trials have compared the dairy herd milking performance of three-times-a-day milking to two-times-a-day.  New research finds that, when changing from a “2X” schedule to a “3X” schedule, the feeding programs for dairy cows and heifers need to change as well.  This week, K-State Research and Extension dairy specialist Mike Brouk reports on those findings.
 

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


Aug. 15 is Early Deadline for K-State’s Risk & Profit Conference



Aug. 15 is the early deadline to register for the K-State Risk & Profit Conference, this year to be held Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan.
7/31/2014 8:00:00 AM